The Orange Room Review

Accessible poetry of substance


Coast

by Laurie Soriano

ThesoundoftheSoundismild,
overwhelmedbythescreeofseagulls
andchildrenscreaminginasandyplayground.
Parentssetupchairsonthebeachandgazeout
towardLongIsland,oreast
towardtherawAtlantic.

IneverheardtheSoundorsawit
thosefirsteighteenyears,eventhoughitwasalwaysthere;
neverfeltthegreattrees,breathedinthedrugofSpring,
orevenfelttheacheofAutumn.Therewas
onlythethrobbingdramaofalittlehouse
onaroadinthewoods--amassofchildren

buildinguplikeabadheadache,glints
ofwarmgold,allthegoodandbadhumansmells,
theawfulnever-endingswellofhope,thebruises
nevergiventimetoheal.AndfinallyIwaspushed
out,andlookeddownatmyfeetastheytookone
step,andthenthenext,away.


LAURIE SORIANO is a music attorney in Los Angeles, representing songwriters, recording artists and others in the music and film industries. She has had poems published in various journals and has studied with Daniel Hoffman, Alan Williamson and Eloise Klein-Healy.